Transportation

Personal self-driving drone taxis; the fight between electric and hydrogen vehicles; the return of supersonic passenger jets (and maybe even jetpacks)—this page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of transportation.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/danielaraya/2019/01/10/top-10-industries-transformed-by-self-driving-cars/#612815eb59ae
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Forbes
Frenzied competition between companies like Uber and Lyft is converging with both traditional car companies (GM, BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz) and technology leaders (Google, Apple, Tesla) in the race to dominate on-demand mobility.
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https://www.businessinsider.com/r-auto-power-play-japans-hydrogen-car-vs-chinas-battery-drive-2015-10
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Business Insider
The question is whether batteries or hydrogen-powered fuel-cells will be the tech of the future.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/business/energy-environment/farm-waste-and-animal-fats-will-help-power-a-united-jet.html?_r=0
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New York Times
Later this summer, United Airlines will begin using fuel generated from farm waste and oil from animal fats to help power its commercial flights.
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https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/evs-could-be-fully-charged-seconds-following-supercapacitor-revolution
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Autocar
The EV battery charging capabilities will be dwarfed when supercapacitors are adopted, says a university-affiliated research group
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https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/public-transit-should-be-ubers-new-best-friend/
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FiveThirtyEight
If Uber is worth its $50 billion valuation, it will have to do more than win over the market historically occupied by the taxi and limo industry — it will have…
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https://singularityhub.com/2018/08/01/are-maglev-trains-the-ultra-fast-levitating-transit-system-of-the-future/#sm.0000uhujtmo5qe17uci2034tixmtc
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SingularityHub
Can maglev trains overcome cost and construction challenges to become the next mode of high-speed transportation, or will they be overtaken by other ideas?
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https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47585433
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BBC
Important tests lie ahead for the engine concept that could take a plane from London to Sydney in about four hours.
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https://www.thedrive.com/article/17298/forecast-autonomous-vehicle-sales-to-top-33-million-in-2040
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The Drive
Ride-hailing services to drive early adaption of self-driving cars in the United States, IHS Markit predicts.
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https://medium.com/@ericslatkin/10-or-so-things-that-will-fly-out-the-driver-side-window-with-driverless-cars-947fe65412cb#.bgt2pq1ca
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Medium
We’ve spent the better part of the 20th century building a robust culture around cars. Though as autonomous vehicles start to take over, parts of that world might no longer be relevant. Is this a bad…
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https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/12/7-arguments-against-the-autonomous-vehicle-utopia/578638/
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The Atlantic
All the ways the self-driving future <em>won’t</em> come to pass
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https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/05/technology/gm-invests-in-lyft.html
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New York Times
Beyond the financial backing, the carmaker will develop an autonomous on-demand network of self-driving cars.
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https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/413904-airline-vows-to-switch-to-electric-planes-on-short-haul-routes-by
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The Hill
A UK-based budget airline announced this week that it is “moving fast” toward developing a fleet of electric planes.
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https://www.inverse.com/article/59800-china-maglev-hyperloop
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Inverse
The new trains would reach speeds of more than 620 mph.
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https://psmag.com/environment/electric-buses-are-failing-to-spark-interest
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Pacific Standard
What prevents cities from adopting electric buses en masse is a mix of technological, financial, and institutional challenges, according to a pair of reports from the World Resource Institute looking at efforts in 16 cities at various stages of adopting e-buses.
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https://www.discovermagazine.com/technology/nasa-is-building-its-first-electric-airplane#.XaE610ZKiiM
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Discover Magazine
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https://www.rt.com/news/487895-fossil-fuel-free-plasma-engine/
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RT
Scientists in Wuhan, China claim to have created a carbon-neutral prototype jet engine which could one day allow for a new era in fossil-fuel free manned flight.
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https://www.forbes.com/sites/juliewalmsley/2018/12/09/what-does-the-future-hold-for-ride-hailing-here-are-7-expert-predictions/#75eb68454b25
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Forbes
Ride-hail won't only be for big cities, your beloved car will one day seem like an old CD, and other surprises previewed by future-of-transportation watchers.
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https://theconversation.com/hydrogen-trains-are-coming-can-they-get-rid-of-diesel-for-good-110450
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The Conversation
Fuel cells are being touted as an alternative to costly electrification – but no one knows if they'll really be cheaper.
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https://popupcity.net/observations/estonia-to-become-the-worlds-first-free-public-transport-nation/
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PopupCity
After a successful experiment with free public transport for all citizens in Tallinn, Estonia wants to become the world's first free public transport nation. Allan Alaküla explains why this is a good idea.
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https://phys.org/news/2016-10-israel-firm-super-efficient-power-car.html
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Physics
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https://www.zdnet.com/article/waymo-to-test-self-driving-cars-in-michigans-winter-conditions/
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ZDnet
To achieve full, Level 5 autonomy, vehicles need to be able to handle all of the environmental conditions a human can.